Firefighters lose home in fire
Fund raising efforts under way
July 30, 2009
WAKEFIELD — The community is rallying behind a family of a Wakefield Fire/Rescue Department captain whose uninsured home on Fellows Road burned down last Friday.
Captain Dean Nason, a 31-year veteran of the department and his son, John, a third generation firefighter for the town responded to a building fire on Friday, July 24 at about 11:20 a.m. and arrived on the scene to find it was their house that was on fire. Dean Nason is the brother of Wakefield Fire/Rescue Department Chief Todd Nason.
Chief Nason said Tuesday the fire apparently started by one of the children at the home playing with a lighter. Two boys, 12 and 18 years old, and Nason's mother in law escaped unharmed and were outside the home when fire crews first responded. However, one firefighter who collapsed at the scene, likely from heat exhaustion, was taken by Medstar ambulance to Huggins Hospital and released on Sunday, Chief Nason said. Dean's wife, Robin, was not home at the time.
When fire crews arrived they found the one-story mobile home fully involved. Crews knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes and spent another hour extinguishing hot spots, according to the chief who described damage to the home as a total loss. The family is staying with friends on Fellows Road and is trying to rebuild.
Several fund raising efforts are under way to assist the family in rebuilding efforts, including a boot drive this weekend, a co-ed softball tournament this September (see Wakefield Happenings column for details), bake sales and a spaghetti supper at the public safety building.
According to a fire department press release, John Nason's two younger brothers compete in the Special Olympics year round including downhill skiing in the winter. All the boys' equipment was destroyed in the fire. Dean Nason had his hours cut back last year forcing him to make a tough decision and make cuts in some bills, one of which was his homeowners insurance, according to the press release. After the fire, Dean Nason's employer, Waste Management, donated some roll off containers to the scene to collect debris. Longmeadow Hardware store also provided assistance and that's not all.
A relief fund has been established at Profile Bank. Any cash donations can be made out to the Captain Nason Fire Relief Fund, Profile Bank Sanbornville, 65 Meadow St., Sanbornville, NH 03872. Anyone who wishes to donate any clothes or home furnishings can do so at the Wakefield Public Safety Building, 2017 Wakefield Road in Sanbornville.
Assistance from any contractors willing to donate any time or materials to the relief effort would be greatly appreciated.
The department would appreciate any thoughts or ideas about fundraisers – call the department anytime from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 522-8338, seven days a week. So far the following events are planned:
Aug. 1, bake sale at the public safety building from 8 a.m. to noon;
Aug. 7, buffet dinner at Lino's Restaurant on the corner of High and Meadow streets from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.;
Aug. 9, car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the Parks and Recreation building on Meadow Street.
Sept. 11, 12 and 13; co-ed softball tournament at the town's ball fields off Wakefield Road. $150 per team sign ups.